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Kerri K
New Jersey118 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
Closing time is 3:30 pm (1530)! I arrived at that time thinking it closed at 6pm (1800) only to be turned away. I would have gone earlier if I knew it closed that early. Closed on Fridays also. My rating is average cause I never got to go inside.
Written February 4, 2020
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M O
Los Angeles, CA1,697 contributions
Nov 2014 • Couples
Small but informative . learn about the culture and the people of the Maldives , History and habits , Worth visiting if U can .
Written January 10, 2015
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notTheStig
Reading, UK230 contributions
Feb 2015 • Friends
well laid out; not a great deal to display yet. It has the feel of the start of a project

there's 2 floors of exhibits, widely spaced to fill up the space.
the attendant at the police exhibit was well spoken, had good English and obviously knew his subject. The nail bomb exhibit was a surprise - its the remains of the actual bomb, including the mobile phone, the timer and the nails...

I didn't realise just how many uses there are for coconut palm products!
Written February 6, 2015
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Jan V
Sofia, Bulgaria6,299 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
It's actually not a musium, but exposition of some, not that interesting subjects from late Maldivian rullers. There are also some post stamps and banknotes. Frankly a lost time, even though Male doesn't offer much to see. I would recommend some training in European museums for the responsible staff.
Written March 4, 2020
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M&M
Doha, Qatar885 contributions
Aug 2020
National museum is close to the royal palace. Downstairs is the galleries devoted to the ancient and medieval periods and upstairs is a display representing modern period of Maldives. Items display weaponry and religious relics engraved in Arabic and Thaana. It’s not wow but if you love history you could consider visiting. 7$ entrance fee is a bit high for it.
Written August 3, 2020
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A K
28 contributions
Aug 2016
Not the best of museums.
No older objects... all preislamic objects have been destroyed.
Give it a miss,,, free but waste of time
Written July 19, 2017
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Nafis A
Australia2,708 contributions
May 2015 • Solo
The Maldivian National Museum is located in the first two floors of the Heritage Department Building (under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture) within the grounds of the Sultan Park. The imposing building (relative to the surrounds) was built by the Chinese government as part of a UNESCO project, and the museum was re-located to the current location in only 2010 (the National Museum, however, has been in existence since the 1950s).

It is obvious that the museum is still trying to find its feet. The two large halls on the two floors have a diverse, but limited, collection of exhibits, and there is little coordination in the presentations. There are odds and bits from the history of the Maldives, mores and ways of traditional life (houses, implements, tools), marine life and the like. However, there is a good philately section (Maldives is known for its widely prolific and exuberant issuance of stamps), and strangely, a section on its police force. The latter is quite entertaining (and informative, if interested in the minute details of policing in the Maldives), with a serving officer (with good English) placed as a guide for that section. For example, there is a whole segment on the only traffic police to have died on duty a few years ago (providing a reality check on the force’s, and Maldives, size and scope). Although still at its infancy, the museum does provide some insight into the Maldives, and hopefully will improve in time.

The entrance fee of MFR 100 (about $ 7) for visitors (compared to MFR 20 for locals) feels a bit steep and unfair. Perhaps this policy should be revised, considering that there are hardly any visitors (foreign or local) patronizing the museum at the moment. Apparently, there are days with no visitor at all.
Written May 20, 2015
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Walter A
Barcelona, Spain63 contributions
Feb 2014 • Solo
Well in such place like a Island Republic, far from all you don't can demand to find some Museum like you know in other places, but give you some idea from history and tradition of this people
Written January 17, 2015
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Joeeu
50 contributions
Feb 2014 • Couples
This small building of National Museum located near to the Park, It is a interesting place where you can learn about Maldives history and culture.

There is not much explanation, but the collection is nice and good enough for me to have a short visit. There is a small Philately inside the museum, where you will see a lot of nice marine design and colorful stamp.
Written December 10, 2014
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tuija f
helsinki478 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
Two floors and almost nothing to see.
Stamps in one small room, corals and clams in the other small room, few old coins, few korans, few old vases, few miniature wooden ship-models, three wooden battle-sticks, some material from the sultan period, one small whale skull, one small whale skeleton.
Written July 30, 2014
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